February 26, 2024

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Dale Mooney died after being concerned in a struggle on the Patriots-Dolphins sport on Sept. 17. A police report reveals new particulars of how the altercation unfolded.

Dale Mooney. GoFundMe

Two Rhode Island males are dealing with prices associated to the struggle at Gillette Stadium in September that concerned a New Hampshire man who fell unconscious and later died. 

John Vieira, 59, and Justin Mitchell, 39, each of Warwick, R.I., face prices of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. The fees had been issued earlier this month, and each males are scheduled to be arraigned in January, in keeping with court docket data. Foxborough Police mentioned in October that they had been in search of legal complaints in opposition to three males in reference to the incident. 

Vieira and Mitchell allegedly punched Dale Mooney, of Newmarket, N.H. whereas at Gillette for the Patriots-Dolphins sport on Sept. 17. Post-mortem outcomes “didn’t recommend traumatic harm,” however officers did “determine a medical problem” associated to his dying. Mooney collapsed throughout an altercation within the stadium and was later pronounced lifeless at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. 

As a part of the investigation, Foxborough Police obtained safety footage of the incident. At about 10:45 p.m., it confirmed Vieira, Mitchell, and three different males seated in the identical row in part 310. Mooney is seated one row behind them. The footage captured what gave the impression to be a verbal argument amongst Mooney, Mitchell, and one of many different males.

At one level, Vieira could possibly be seen standing up and stepping over the person seated subsequent to him in the direction of Mitchell and Mooney. Vieira began to argue with them as effectively, in keeping with a police report. 

Mitchell, Mooney, and two of the opposite males could possibly be seen standing up. A number of the males appeared to make efforts to “quell the argument,” with one bodily pulling Vieira away from Mooney and placing his physique between them. All of them sat down, however the argument apparently continued, in keeping with the report. 

Mooney stood up and walked out of the row to the steps. Mitchell instantly stood up and stepped right down to the row of seats beneath him. Mooney, strolling down the steps, motioned to Mitchell utilizing his head and hand “as if to say ‘let’s go’ or ‘come on,’” in keeping with the report. Witnesses instructed police that they believed Mooney wished to struggle Mitchell and was attempting to coax him right into a bodily altercation. 

Mooney continued right down to a touchdown on the backside of the seating space, and turned again as much as face Mitchell. Vieira and two different males could possibly be seen arguing with Mitchell. One among them grabbed Mitchell and tried to tug him again to his seat. Stadium safety then responded. They spoke with Mitchell, Vieira, and two of their companions. Whereas Gillette safety spoke to the group, Mooney once more motioned in Mitchell’s course, Foxborough Police Detective Mark Bohnenberger wrote within the report. Mooney additionally spoke with safety, and the state of affairs appeared to wind down. 

Mitchell and one of many males seated with him, George Chiarillo, continued to argue with one another and two different attendees a couple of rows beneath them. Chiarillo could possibly be seen stepping over one row of seats and hitting one in every of them within the head, knocking them to the bottom. Stadium safety responded, working up the steps to the commotion, in keeping with the report. 

Chiarillo was later charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct and pleaded not responsible at an arraignment in Wrentham District Court docket on Nov. 30. He was launched on private recognizance, in keeping with court docket data.

Mooney ran up the steps behind the safety guards, pointing to Mitchell and Chiarillo. Mooney then pushed previous safety guards into the row the place Mitchell and Chiarillo had been. Mooney initiated a bodily altercation with Mitchell, “grabbing him within the higher shoulder/neck space,” Bohnenberger wrote. Mooney and Mitchell started to “tussle” with a 3rd man wedged in between them. Chiarillo appeared to attempt to separate the lads, however misplaced his stability and toppled right down to rows beneath the altercation, in keeping with the report. 

As stadium safety tried to intervene, Vieira received concerned and appeared to attempt to break up the struggle. Vieira might then be seen punching Mooney one time within the space of his head. Mooney was punched within the “face/head space” one or two extra instances earlier than throwing Mitchell throughout his physique from left to proper and over the seats beneath, in keeping with the report. 

As this occurred, Mooney appeared to maintain a maintain of Mitchell. Mooney then misplaced consciousness and the altercation ended. Gillette safety separated the 2 males, and Mooney could possibly be seen partially seated, “slumped again on prime of the seats.” Your entire struggle lasted about 25 seconds, in keeping with the report. 

Along with reviewing the safety footage, Foxborough Police interviewed a number of witnesses and reviewed 12 movies taken by attendees. They discovered that Mooney attacked Mitchell, and Vieira punched Mooney close to his head with a “glancing blow.” Mitchell punched Mooney close to his head and face two instances. 

The official trigger and method of Mooney’s dying remains to be underneath investigation by State Police and the Workplace of the Chief Medical Examiner.